09/10/2014 Poetry Dave Cryer

War Versus Peace

War is a hammer.

It batters the life from all.
It cracks fragile hearts.

Peace is a hammer.

It can knock you into shape.
It cracks hearts open.

Writing tips from Dave – follow the rules or break the rules – you’ll have a poem either way:

  • For this opener each stanza is a haiku containing 3 lines of 5-7-5 syllables
  • I’ve written it in the present tense
  • The poem uses contrasting metaphors about war and peace
  • You could repeat what I’ve done, trying to use metaphors to show the positive and negative sides of war versus peace.

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Comment by Charlotte de Gruchy on October 9, 2014 at 7:40
A storm of sadness
It is dangerous and wild
And kills deep inside

A storm of beauty
It is gentle and loving
It calms the earth down

Peace is what we need
To make us happy and smile
War is the the true sign
That puts people down

By: Matilda, Kayla, Sophia
From the International School of Cape Town
Comment by Nicola Gowing on October 9, 2014 at 9:38

War is a trigger,
it is waiting to be cocked,
finally, released.

Peace is an arrow
fired from a glowing heart,
now it will be free.

War’s a distraction;
it stops people from living,
and fulfilling dreams.

Peace barricades you,
from people who disobey,
and helps with your dreams.

War’s words of rage
I blow to strike down my foe,
Victory is here.

Peace is very brave,
though it knows our foe is strong,
still it keeps it’s faith.

By: Hollie Revell, Jack George, Ryan Barnes
Great Yarmouth High School
Norfolk, England

Comment by Debbie Baird on October 9, 2014 at 10:16
War is destruction,
War is death,
War is loss,
War is sadness,
War is fear.

Peace is creation,
Peace is life,
Peace is rebirth,
Peace is happiness,
Peace is hope.

War is the gun that shoots your soul.
War is the arrow that pierces your mind.
War is the knife that stabs your heart.

Peace is the herb that heals your body,
Peace is the book that enriches your mind,
Peace is the love that mends your heart.

West Kirby Residential School
Comment by Paula ward on October 9, 2014 at 12:49

War is a burden,

The pressure to fight and kill,

Destroys many men.


Peace is a burden,

It restrains you from living.

It keeps you captive.


Which would you prefer?

Phoebe and Juliette, Robert May's School

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